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They’re Back!! Surviving and Thriving at Home with the Boomerang Generation

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Screen Shot 2018-06-18 at 7.46.02 AMThere is a “new normal” for many households in Wellesley and Weston these days. Once empty bedrooms now contain full-grown humans and their stuff… Who or what has jumpstarted these serene households? Surprise! The kids are back. And not just for the summer. In 2016, the Pew Research Center reported that Americans aged 18-34 are now more likely to live with their parents than in any other living arrangement. This trend upends 130 years of data collection.

To read more, including tips and strategies for co-existing peacefully with college graduates who are back home under duress or out of necessity, visit the Digital Edition of the Summer 2018 Issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine.

Wellesley Theatre Project To Present MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) will present, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS May 18th and 19th at 7pm, featuring students from the audition-only touring group, IMPACT! All performances will take place at The WTP Studios at The Wellesley Community Center, located at 219 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tickets are priced $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online in advance, or at the door.

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Based on “The Kensington Stories” by Sally Benson, and the 1944 MGM motion picture, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS examines one year in the life of the Smith family. The Smiths live in St. Louis just as the highly anticipated 1904 World’s Fair is preparing to take place there, until the father’s New York job offer threatens to take them away.

IMPACT! is comprised of students ranging from 4th grade through 12th grade who demonstrate advanced performance skills and leadership. The current students come from Wellesley, Natick, Needham, Newton, Waban, Sherborn, West Roxbury, Weston, and Concord communities. The group’s mission is for the students to engage in their local and global communities through outreach by addressing important social values through dramatic performance. IMPACT! is led by Ben Rush, WTP’s Artistic Director, and Eric Anderson Jr., Musical Director.

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS is presented through special arrangements with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. Songs are by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, and the book is by Hugh Wheeler. Wellesley Theatre Project is an arts academy and a Wellesley nonprofit devoted to providi ngstudents (PreK – 12th Grade) with the opportunity to study and experience theatre and performing arts through year round classes, staged productions, workshops and summer camps. Upcoming WTP performances include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (June 8th-10th).

Registration is open for WTP’s 2018 Summer Camps. Sessions include three production camps geared for students between 2nd and 12th grade in addition to one week Theatre Arts camps for Pre K- 12th grade. The production camps are: Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark (Grades 2-8), Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (Grades 2-12), and Big Fish (Grades 9-12).

For more information about MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS or other Wellesley Theatre Project classes and productions, please visit us online or call 781- 235-1550.

The Wellesley Farmers’ Market & Farmers to You Make Over 300 Delicious Products Available Each Week

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The new frontier for foodies and farmers is flavor. Customers have come to expect that food at local farmers’ markets will be produced thoughtfully and more sustainably, and include ethical treatment of animals. Now, they also are embracing the local farm model because foods just taste better .

Farmers To You founder Greg Georgaklis is on a quest to maximize the flavor of foods that his roster of 80+ farmers produce. At a recent gathering at the Wellesley Hills Branch Library, he described how he personally consults with farmers to consider ways to produce the best tasting food possible. Poultry and eggs, for example, can yield more health benefits, more satisfying texture and better flavor when chickens are allowed to roam in pastures and choose their own foods from among farm vegetable discards. And, he says, consumers can taste the difference when they compare with meat and eggs from chickens fed standard fare of cracked corn-based food, which often includes dozens of additives and drugs.

“We are hard-wired to seek out flavor because it is a marker for dense, health-giving nutrition,” Georgaklis says. “I take the credit when folks complement my meal, but I know that the elevated taste is due to the ingredients I order from the Wellesley Farmers’ Market,” says Wellesley resident Jeff M. Wellesley parent of two Dawn K. agrees: “I can’t say enough about the quality. I order weekly and I keep discovering new things. Recently, I’m loving the fire-roasted red peppers and the pancake mix, which only has three ingredients. You just can’t compare the flavor with what I purchase at grocery stores.”

“How often do you hear parents complain: ‘My kids don’t like vegetables’?” Georgaklis asked at the Hills Library event. “Well, if a carrot has a sweet, delicious flavor, the way it should if grown in healthy, nutrient-rich soil, then there is no doubt your kids will like vegetables. Children still have sensitive taste buds – the natural intelligence of their bodies,” he says, adding, “too many of the vegetables we eat are flavorless and bitter because they are mass produced in soil that has been stripped of beneficial nutrients over time.” For vegetable growers, the key to flavor can be found in the soil, he explains. Good farmers concentrate on tending to the health and vitality of their soil – and everything else takes care of itself. “Healthy plants taste good!” At the Hills Library gathering, attendees sampled sweet carrots, crisp watermelon radishes and an assortment of Vermont cheeses on thin slices of fresh-baked baguette as they listened to Georgaklis talk about how he encourages farmers to pursue better tasting food. “Farmers To You farms are small scale. Animals have healthy, happy lives and this yields the most delicious and nutritious products, both meat and dairy products.”

The Wellesley Farmers’ Market has partnered with Farmers to You to make a wide range of over 300 delicious products primarily from Vermont farmers available each week, year-round to Wellesley residents and those working in town. Wellesley customers can make selections and place orders online by midnight on Sunday to receive their deliveries on Thursdays between 1-2:30 p.m. at the UU Church parking lot. Try a selection of produce, baked goods, cheeses, cider, syrup and honey, nuts and dried fruit, meat and poultry, greens and more this week with no commitment to continue if you are not satisfied. Try it for the convenience, the fact that only one truck is used to transport products from farms to our town, or the fact that by supporting these farmers you are helping to build a healthy food system that grows and produces the food you want for your family. You may find, however, that it is the flavor that keeps you coming back for more each week.